When buying a car, the most important factor to consider is safety. Thankfully, there are many features available in modern cars to help ensure the safety of yourself and others when on the road. Regulating bodies such as ANCAP Safety conduct testing and provide consumers with safety ratings for various vehicles.
According to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the number of road fatalities has dropped from 3,798 in 1970 to 1,226 in 2017. While fatalities are down, injuries obtained from car accidents have been increasing since 2001. One theory for this relates to transport safety technologies in Australia placing a focus on saving lives over preventing injuries.
The introduction of modern technologies such as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) could lead to an increase in road safety, says CARRS-Q. The research institute states that road fatalities could be reduced by as much as 90% through the adoption of AVs.
But what safety features are Australians looking for in a car? We’ve conducted a survey of 899 Australians to find out!